19th August 2013
Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws 21
3:17 PM — The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.
Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference 2
12:13 PM — An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games 27
12:46 PM — International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.
Russian athletes kiss in protest against anti-LGBT law 38
11:05 AM — Two female members of the Russian team at the World Athletics Championships have used their gold medal win as a platform for protesting their country's anti-gay legislation, sharing a kiss on the podium.
David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Evgeny Lebedev attend private drinks days after Sochi concerns raised 19
10:29 AM — British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Stephen Fry and businessman Evgeny Lebedev for private drinks in an East-End restaurant on Monday evening, just days after an exchange between Mr Cameron and Mr Fry over the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete in Moscow warned over rainbow nails changes them to red ‘for love’ 11
11:39 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has changed them to red to represent "love", after being told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US athlete: Russian anti-gay law has sparked the ‘defining civil rights movement of our time’ 11
11:25 PM — A US track and field athlete has spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the "defining civil rights movement of our time".
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails 35
4:36 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has been told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
16th August 2013
Marriott International announces official sponsorship for 2014 Gay Games 5
7:22 PM — Worldwide hotel chain Marriott International is to sponsor the 2014 Gay Games, in Ohio, despite being owned by a Mormon family, and the religion considering homosexuality a sin.
Comment: Boycotting the Winter Olympics risks allowing critics to say there’s a ‘homosexual agenda’ 85
4:41 PM — PinkNews reader Aaron Ruddock, who was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, fears boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Games would play into the hands of homophobes who argue their is a "homosexual agenda".
MPs encourage athletes and fans to wave pride flags at Sochi Olympics 19
3:09 PM — Two prominent gay MPs have urged athletes and fans to wave gay pride flags at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.
Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia 57
1:32 PM — As the international outcry increases around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of the passage of anti-gay laws back in June, big sponsors of the International Olympic Committee have maintained the line that they do not condone discrimination, but that they will not seek the relocation of the event.
BBC stars: Russian pole vaulter ‘not in touch with the rest of the world’ over anti-gay comments 9
12:49 PM — Last night, BBC sports commentators strongly criticised Russian pole vault champion, Yelena Isinbayeva over anti-gay comments she made after Emma Green Tregaro painted her nails in a show solidarity for Russia's gay community.
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’ 73
11:27 AM — Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she may have been "misunderstood" when she made comments in defence of her country's anti-gay laws.
British heptathlete Louise Hazel tells anti-gay Russian pole vaulter: ‘There’s no place for homophobia in sport’ 13
11:27 AM — British heptathlete Louise Hazel has criticised Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva after she spoke out in support of Russia's anti-gay laws.
15th August 2013
Russian pole vault champion backs anti-gay laws to protect ‘normal people’ from gays 101
5:14 PM — A Russian sportswoman who won her third championship title on Tuesday has today condemned homosexuality and those who have come out in support of gay athletes.
Puerto Rican gay boxer Orlando Cruz to marry boyfriend 5
3:21 PM — Puerto Rican professional boxer Orlando Cruz is to marry his long term boyfriend José Manuel after proposing on Facebook.
Former NBA player John Amaechi: ‘The Winter Olympics shouldn’t even be in Russia’ 21
2:28 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has told Gaydio the 2014 Winter Olympics “shouldn't even be in Russia” – but that a boycott of the Games isn’t practical as it would hurt the athletes.
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship paints nails in rainbow colours against anti-gay law 19
1:49 PM — A Swedish athlete at the World Athletics Championships currently taking place in Moscow, has made a stand against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June, by painting her nails in rainbow colours.